Blueberries and Cream Almond Oatmeal

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Blueberry Oatmeal is currently my youngest son’s favorite breakfast. This oatmeal is loaded with blueberries that plump up when cooked and burst with flavor in each bite.

With over 20 different oatmeal recipes in my recipe index, I was surprised to notice that this version was not already posted.

Oatmeal with Blueberries

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Oatmeal with Blueberries

I’ve been making this blueberry oatmeal for a couple of years now and it is one of my personal favorites. I make blueberry oatmeal every single time I have blueberries in the house. 

Blueberries are always a welcome sight on the breakfast table, from Blueberry Muffins to Blueberry Waffles. Sometimes, though, only a bowl of hearty and warming oatmeal packed with sweet and tart blueberries will do.

Blueberries in Oatmeal

The addition of heavy cream (or milk), brown sugar for sweetness, and a handful of almonds transforms a bowl of blueberry oatmeal into creamy, rich, and delicious Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal.

You can use both frozen and fresh blueberries in this oatmeal recipe. If you do opt for frozen berries, they’ll turn the oats blue as they cook, which kids find extra fun!

Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal

Oatmeal Sweeteners

My sons and I enjoy the caramel-y flavor the brown sugar gives the oatmeal. It enhances the juicy flavor of the blueberries perfectly.

Maple syrup and honey are also fantastic substitutions if you prefer (or if you’re clean out of brown sugar). I’ve made blueberry oatmeal with all of these sweeteners and it’s been delicious every single way.

Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal

I don’t always have heavy cream in the house when I make blueberry oatmeal. However, each time I do use cream instead of milk, I am reminded just how amazing it is!

I strongly encourage you to give it a try; a little heavy cream goes a long way! It’s almost unbelievable what just a tablespoon or so of cream does to make this the creamiest richest oatmeal you might ever want to eat.

Oatmeal with Blueberries

Stovetop Oatmeal

There’s a reason a good old-fashioned bowl of oatmeal simmered on the stovetop has stood the test of time. I can think of very few breakfasts that are as simultaneously easy, nutritious, filling, and tasty as stovetop oatmeal. 

In this oatmeal recipe, the blueberries, almonds, and water all go in the saucepan together. No extra prep or standing over the stove is required.

After simmering the oatmeal for about five minutes, it’s scooped into bowls and topped with your sweetener of choice and a tiny bit of cream.

I love that this method lets everyone customize the oatmeal to their desired level of sweetness and creaminess!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is another oatmeal that’s especially comforting in the fall. If you enjoy autumn flavors in your oatmeal, you’ll also like this Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Vanilla Whipped Cream. 

Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

  1. Combine the oats, salt, almonds and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer on medium/low until the oats are tender and the oatmeal has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the blueberries when the oatmeal is almost done cooking.
  3. Allow the berries to warm in the oatmeal and then remove from the heat and scoop into serving bowls.
  4. Top with the sweetener of your choice and a drizzle of cream or milk.
Oatmeal with Blueberries and Cream

Oatmeal Recipes

While stovetop oatmeal is probably our most frequently eaten oatmeal, we also love baked oatmeal and crock-pot oatmeal. I’m always experimenting with different combinations of add-ins for oatmeal.

When it comes to baked oatmeal,  this Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal is definitely a standout recipe. It’s two of my favorite things (apple pie and oatmeal) all baked into one meal. Holiday Oatmeal is my youngest son’s favorite and he requests it all year long.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal, Biscoff Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal, Peanut Butter Oatmeal, and these cute Heart Shaped Craisin Baked Oatmeal are a few more fun spins on baked oatmeal. We also love these Chewy Raisin Baked Oatmeal Cups as a breakfast for two.

A sweet steaming bowl of strawberries and cream oatmeal is quite possibly the epitome of breakfast comfort food.

Did you know you can also easily freeze baked oatmeal? Make a big batch on the weekends, scoop into individual portions and then freeze to reheat for breakfasts throughout the week.

Blueberry Oatmeal

Crock-pot Oatmeal

Have you ever made crockpot oatmeal? When I have the time for it, it’s one of my favorite ways to cook oats.

In this Slow Cooker Strawberry Banana Oatmeal recipe, you mix all the ingredients together in a crockpot and let it cook for about an hour. I love to throw everything in the slow cooker right when I wake up then let it cook while I get ready for my day.

Next on my list to try is Overnight Oats. This method involves soaking uncooked oats in milk overnight, like in this  Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats recipe from Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet.

Slow cookers or crockpots are an appliance of which I have more than one. If you are an avid slow cooker user like I am, you might understand the need for more than one. So, let’s talk about my favorites:

First up is this 6-quart slow cooker that has a locking lid. These crockpots are fantastic for transporting foods. Mine has gone everywhere from church potlucks to barbecues, game nights to Thanksgiving dinner. However, fair warning, these slow cookers run crazy hot. Low is closer to a boil than a simmer, the warm setting actually simmers. So trust me when I say HIGH is high.

My everyday slow cooker is this 8-quart Crockpot. It’s my go-to appliance for cooking large roasts and big batches of chili. Fun fact: did you know that a full 4-quart cooker, actually cooks more slowly than a half-full 8-quart cooker?

For just cooking a few pounds of chicken to shred for enchiladas or other smaller recipes, this 3-quart version is perfect.

Thanksgiving has become a breeze since I have mastered how to hold all of the side dishes using these medium-sized round slow cookers.

If you aren’t a fan of the idea of keeping more than one slow cooker in the house, these CrockPockets are a game-changer when it comes to preparing and holding multiple dishes at the same time. They slide into a standard 6-quart crockpot, dividing it into two sections that are perfect for serving different side dishes or keeping taco fillings warm for parties.

Are you looking for more breakfast ideas? Check out this full list of some of our Top Oatmeal Recipes.

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Blueberry Oatmeal

Blueberries and Cream Almond Oatmeal

5 from 3 votes
Creamy oats, bursting blueberries, brown sugar, and spices add up to a deliciously hearty breakfast!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 -5 servings


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries if using frozen berries, the oatmeal will turn a bit blue
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup cream half and half or milk


  • Combine the oats, salt, almonds and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer on medium/low until the oats are tender and the oatmeal has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the blueberries when the oatmeal is almost done cooking.
  • Allow the berries to warm in the oatmeal and then remove from the heat and scoop into serving bowls.
  • Top with the sweetener of your choice and a drizzle of cream or milk. Enjoy!


Calories: 394kcal · Carbohydrates: 56g · Protein: 10g · Fat: 16g · Saturated Fat: 5g · Cholesterol: 20mg · Sodium: 316mg · Potassium: 336mg · Fiber: 8g · Sugar: 18g · Vitamin A: 240IU · Vitamin C: 3.5mg · Calcium: 91mg · Iron: 2.9mg
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{originally published 3/14/13 – recipe notes and photos updated 4/1/22}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Monet says

    Cream (even just a dash) makes all the difference. This looks like such a hearty breakfast. I wish I had a bowl this morning. Thank you for sharing it!

  2. Gale says

    Let me start by saying that this oatmeal tastes heavenly. That said, I did feel that your picture of the finished bowl was beautiful but I doubted that after cooking fresh blueberries for 5 minutes that they would still look like this and I was right. My oatmeal turned completely blue and the blueberries were all very soft and falling apart. Next time I won’t add blueberries until oats are about done. I used rolled oats as instructed but might use quick oats next time. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Gale, I typically add more blueberries on top at the end of the cooking process. And come to think of it, I usually do add the berries towards the end of the process! I just reread the recipe and realized I have them listed at the beginning. Thanks for catching that! I’m glad you enjoyed the oatmeal even though it turned blue. 😉

    • gale says

      Thanks for replying to my comment. I can’t wait until tomorrow morning to have this again. Even though the berries were all squishy it tasted great. I thought eating blue oatmeal would be strange and it was, BUT it was still delicious.

  3. Carol Tedesco says

    Hi Mary, I happened upon your recipes a few months back and I love this oatmeal recipe. I usually just add my blueberries on top of my cooked oatmeal. I was wondering can I use steel cut oats instead of rolled oats? I love hearing about your family as well , so nice to read!!! Thank you! Kind regards , Carol T.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      You can certainly make steel-cut oats and then top them this way. The cooking time will be significantly different for steel-cut though and you’ll want to follow the package instructions for specific directions. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the oatmeal!